Trevor’s Travels: Providence, RI

by TrevorJune 10, 2016

As much as I would love to say that Providence, Rhode Island, earned its Renaissance City moniker from locals walking around in period attire, it’s actually because after the 1970s the city experienced a rebirth. My favorite thing about Providence – aside from its artistic and intellectual vibe – is that it’s a relatively small city, but it has all of the cultural appeal of a metropolis.

Part of this is due to Providence being home to both Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. All of that creative brainpower combined has created one of my favorite art installations of all time, the Woonasquatucket River WaterFire.

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It’s a sight to behold, and if you want, you can get up close and personal to it on a gondola ride.

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Another quality I can’t get enough of in Providence is the food. Thayer Street where the school of design is located is packed with places to grab a meal or a pint. Of course, there’s more than just the eats on Thayer in Providence.

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Providence has actually earned some real accolades as of late for its overall culinary scene and its chefs’ collective devotion to fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Enoteca Umberto, Los Andes, Capital Grille, Cook and Brown Public House, Café Nuovo, and North all come to mind as stellar places to eat.

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If you’re a super-trendy foodie, who has friends who’ll be impressed you went there, try the stylish yet French traditional Chez Pascal. That’s where I direct my taste buds for my French food fix in Providence.

Call me old-fashioned, but I can’t visit a city named after one of the greatest periods in art without viewing paintings (especially not a city as thoroughly overflowing with creativity as Providence). Downtown is where all of the best art galleries are located, like the Rhode Island School of Design Museum; it has a fantastic collection of over 350 works, many by masters Manet, Picasso, and Monet.

I’ll admit that I’ve tried, but I don’t think there is a way to run out of things to do in Providence. While these are some of my favorite things to do, I’m curious, what do you think is the most creative way to spend time in Providence?


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